Sugar-Salem’s boys soccer team topped Teton 3-2 Thursday to secure the top seed in next week’s district tournament.
Teton went up 2-0 in the first half. At halftime, Terry rallied his players.
“We had a lot of motivation from the fact that they had literally done that to us just the game before,” said Sugar-Salem head coach Scott Terry. “We were up two goals and they came back and scored three goals in the second half to win it 3-2. Then for us to be down 2-0 at half, all we had to do was look at that game and say, ‘it’s definitely something that’s possible.’”
Two of the Diggers’ starters, Devin and Gordon Peterson, missed the game to attend their sister’s wedding.
“Our backs were kind up against the wall,” Terry said. “Down 2-0, we didn’t really have the greatest first half so we just came over at halftime and talked through the scenario that they had done to us so we could turn around and do it to them.”
Sugar scored three goals in between the 20th and 30th minute of the second half to take the lead.
“I don’t know how he hit it. It was just an amazing shot. It was really a tough angle. I really don’t know how he got it in.”
Ricardo Contreras drove in the Diggers’ third goal with a header off of a Kyle Brunson corner kick with ten minutes left in the game.
“When we got our first goal we felt really good about getting the second and third and it just kind of carried through and gave us a really good chance to build momentum,” Terry said. “I think it was just a lot of the players sticking together and realizing that we were going to fight and use this as an opportunity to grow.”
Officials ended the game early when the Timberwolves field became to dark for players to see.
Sugar will open the district tournament as the one seed. They will play South Fremont Tuesday at 4 p.m. at home.
“You always want to feel like you earned something good at the end of the regular season,” Terry said. “The fact that we were able to get that number one seed going into the district tournament sets us up well. We get to play at home. Any time you play at home in the district tournament is a great advantage. So we feel really good about that.”
Sugar’s girls team tied Teton 1-1 also securing the one seed in next week’s district tournament.
The Diggers grabbed a bit of momentum early in the game creating several shots on goal but none of them hit the back of the net.
“We put on a lot of good pressure and I felt like we were going to score but we didn’t quite put it in,” Terry said.
Teton scored on a free kick just outside the box to go up 1-0 with three minutes left in the first half.
“The girls team hasn’t come back from a deficit,” Terry said. “So we talked about what kind of team we were going to be. Were we going to be the kind team that when we get down we can never come back. Or are we a team that has really good mental strength and can fight through adversity.”
The Diggers crossed a ball into the box and it hit a Teton defenders arm giving the Diggers a penalty kick. Isabelle Tuttle put the penalty kick into the back corner of the net to tie the game three minutes into the second half.
Sugar created a couple more shots on goal but Teton’s goal keeper made a few brilliant saves.
The tie gives Sugar the first seed in Monday’s district tournament. They will play South Fremont at 2 p.m. at home.
“That’s what we needed to keep the first seed,” Terry said. “We needed a tie or a win and we got that. Any time you can get a win or a tie at Teton, that’s good—it’s a really hard place to play.”